The Grand River Area Family YMCA raised approximately $8,000 for its YPALS program Friday night at the Elks Lodge in Chillicothe.
The Y's annual fundraiser themed "Back to the '80s" featured a host of all-star waiters including: Mr. T played by Darrell Distler (who even shaved his head for the event); Jill Distler as Madonna; Greg Pitchford as Indiana Jones; Angie Gutshall as Blair from "Facts of Life," Beth James was Jo, Susan Davis was Natalie, and Vicki Marrs was Mrs. Garrett; Steffi Harvey was Joan Jett; Kelly Poling was Willard from Footloose; Jason and Natalie Bone played the parts of Johnny and Baby from "Dirty Dancing"; Philip Pohren and Matt Jones were Maverick and Goose from "Top Gun"; Johnson Young as Doc from "Back to the Future"; Ghostbusters were Kent Peterson and Dennis Ritter; Clay Jensen was George McFly; Chad Mayne was Marty McFly and his wife Kortney was Jennifer Parker; Blockheads (New Kids on the Block fan club) were Sheila Mefford and Monica England; Vicky Burns was Tony Basil; Grant Peterson and Ian Gramenz were Bill and Ted from "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"; Sally Peterson was Mary Lou Retton; Fontella Mosier was Princess Diana, and Cher was played by Kelsea Woelfle.
The Dessert Dash brought in $1,940, thanks to some wonderful cakes and other sugared treats. Hedrick Medical Center had the highest bid with $380 which awarded them the "Madonna Cake" made by Francine Davenport of Francine's Pastry Parlor. Francine's also made the second-highest bid on concoction with a cake topped with strawberries that landed the YPALS $280.
The Heads or Tails game raised $555 for the mentoring program through a visual playing of hands on head or bottom.
"I thought it went very well," stated YPALS Director Sally Peterson. "I appreciate everyone that helped from bakers to waiters to the Y staff."
Philip Pohren, Maveric, was awarded the "Righteous to the Max" award for being the best waiter. The Edward D. Jones table won the best guest table award.
YPALS is a mentoring program that pairs local adults and children together to make quality friendships for children who may need someone to reach out to. A majority of the program's funding comes directly from the annual fundraiser.